Paul Gascoigne thought he was going to die during his latest stretch in rehab to beat alcohol addiction, it has been reported.
The ex-England and Newcastle player returned to Britain on Saturday after more than a month at the clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, during which he was treated in intensive care. Doctors said it was the worst detox they had ever seen when the shock of giving up alcohol sent his body into seizure, Gascoigne told the Sun.
He said: "Three doctors didn't think I would make it. It has got to inspire me to never let this happen again. I've come through that - death. I was dead."
He added: "I thought I was on my way out. I looked like a corpse. I was a total wreck."
The 45-year-old said he woke up in intensive care strapped to the bed to stop tubes from falling out of his arms and was repeatedly injected.